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pogge
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posted 21 January 2006 12:45 AM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Steve Clemons at The Washington Note has an instructive post up on Paul Wolfowitz' efforts to remake the World Bank. It seems Paul is taking Dubya as his role model.
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In recent months, picking up steam in recent weeks, there has been a massive exodus of top talent from the World Bank. According to reports, the senior Ethics Officer at the Bank has departed. Also on the exit roster are the Vice President for East Asia & Pacific, the Chief Legal Counsel, the Bank's top Managing Director, the Director of Institutional Integrity (which monitors internal and external corruption), the Vice President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development, and the head of ISG (Information Solutions Group).

According to one senior insider who feels as if Wolfowitz is gut-punching the most talented teams at the bank and indicated that morale is plummeting, "Wolfowitz just does not talk to his Vice Presidents. He speaks to a few close advisors -- Kevin Kellems, Robin Cleveland, Karl Jackson, some others -- but a lot of very good people are leaving."
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Senior bank staff see Wolfowitz withdrawing from his team and senior players -- and relying instead on a group of political zealots -- Wolfowitz's "dobermans" one staffer told TWN.



One of the insiders who shared his thoughts with Clemons described one of Wolfie's dobermans, Robin Cleveland, as making "John Bolton look sheepish." That would take some doing. Cleveland, incidentally, was in the middle of the "Boeing tanker ethics mess."

Sounds about par for the course.

And btw, Clemons is collaborating with Josh Marshall on a new site launching next week which will specifically track John Bolton's antics at the UN.

And, yes, I could have put this in the USA forum, since apparently the World Bank is about to become just another instrument of Bush's foreign policy, but it is the World Bank.

[ 21 January 2006: Message edited by: pogge ]


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Doug
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posted 21 January 2006 05:56 AM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So....no difference, really.
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Sandy47
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posted 21 January 2006 12:50 PM      Profile for Sandy47     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hardly surprising, or unexpected from a Founding Father of PNAC.
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Cougyr
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posted 21 January 2006 12:57 PM      Profile for Cougyr     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by pogge:
It seems Paul is taking Dubya as his role model.

I thought it was the other way around. Regardless, we all thought that it was nuts to allow the Wolf in the WB. It is hard to believe that the WB was set up to help developing countries. Now that the Wolf is in there, it is just another part of American imperialism.


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Asid Musgar
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posted 21 January 2006 06:43 PM      Profile for Asid Musgar     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Now that the Wolf is in there, it [The World Bank] is just another part of American imperialism.[/QB]

May I humbly suggest John Perkins' "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man". It's been a very long time since the World Bank was not "just another part of American imperialism".


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M. Spector
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posted 21 January 2006 07:36 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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The IMF and the World Bank impose globalization policies on developing countries through their “macro-economic stabilization” and structural adjustment programs (SAPs). These “reform” programs include policies such as trade liberalization, openness to foreign direct investment, privatization of state enterprises, and deregulation or abolition of regulations that impede entry or restrict competition.

These policy prescriptions have worsened poverty in developing countries by lessening the access of the poor to vital social services. Under SAPs, these countries have effectively privatized social services by reducing state participation in their financing, administration and delivery.
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In addition, the World Bank’s support for large-scale infrastructure projects such as hydroelectric dams and agro-industrial projects has also intensified environmental degradation, deforestation and the displacement of millions of people from their lands and livelihoods. Source



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The World Bank has a record of policies and programs that have often destroyed both the environment and the social fabric in country after country it claims to be helping. The Bank has failed spectacularly to achieve its stated goals of poverty reduction and "sustainable development." Furthermore, the World Bank's "environmental" lending often serves as little more than camouflage for other, environmentally destructive projects. Source

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Cougyr
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posted 21 January 2006 07:44 PM      Profile for Cougyr     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Asid Musgar:
It's been a very long time since the World Bank was not "just another part of American imperialism".

Agreed. It's just that at least some of its people tried to do some good. Now, that's over and done with.


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M. Spector
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posted 21 January 2006 08:32 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Cougyr:
It's just that at least some of its people tried to do some good.
Really?

Who were these moles, and how did they infiltrate the WB?


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Stephen Gordon
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posted 21 January 2006 08:36 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Cheap shot.
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rasmus
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posted 21 January 2006 08:41 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The world bank has always been a complex institution. Yes, at the level of policy decision-making it has generally served the interests of the imperial/colonial powers, but within the world bank there have always been progressive small-l liberals, particularly in the research department, which is quite distinct from policy. If you look at the IMF, that is really the enforcement arm of US Treasury and has historically attracted more mediocre, less independent minds.
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Stephen Gordon
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posted 21 January 2006 08:48 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A slightly-less-cheap shot.
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Strandberg
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posted 22 January 2006 03:50 AM      Profile for Strandberg   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
did someone here actually suggest reading john perkins 'confessions of an economic hit man'?

that tripe is still available? fuck, while you're at it why don't you pick up his other books 'shapeshifting: techniques for global and personal transformation', 'spirit of the shuar' and 'build your own birdhouses and feeders: from simple, natural designs to spectacular, customized houses and feeders'.

amazing. people take him seriously. good work guys.


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thwap
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posted 22 January 2006 11:34 AM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i thought maybe there were other John Perkins's out there writing books, but he has, indeed, written about "Psychonavigation" and stuff.

http://www.johnperkins.org/


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pogge
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posted 25 January 2006 11:58 PM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
World Bank Staffers Protest Appointments

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Tensions flared yesterday between World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz and bank employees, as the bank's staff association criticized some of Wolfowitz's recent appointments and Wolfowitz fired back that he was trying to correct lax enforcement of the bank's internal corruption rules.

The controversy is the starkest sign of discontent among the staff nine months after President Bush chose Wolfowitz to head the bank. Wolfowitz is a former deputy defense secretary best known for his role in planning the invasion of Iraq.

In a letter circulated yesterday evening to bank staffers, the staff association chair, Alison Cave, raised pointed questions about last week's appointment of Suzanne Rich Folsom, a bank official with Republican party ties, to head the Department of Institutional Integrity, a unit that investigates misconduct and corruption at the bank. The letter also cited the recent naming of Kevin S. Kellems, a former aide to Vice President Cheney, as the bank's top communications strategist.

Their selection, the letter suggested, had been undertaken without a properly open and competitive process, potentially undermining the bank's ability to persuade developing countries to adopt transparent and clean procedures in hiring and procurement. "We are concerned . . . that the positions were not filled in accordance with established recruitment procedures, which exemplify our commitment to good governance," the letter said.



Oh, look. The WaPo is paying attention. Sort of. It's on page D5.

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beluga2
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posted 01 February 2006 12:18 AM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's me, last March, on Wolfie's taking over the WB:

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Actually, this is kind of encouraging. The guy is incompetence personified -- he consistently fucks up everything he touches. Witness Iraq.

With any luck, in a couple years the World Bank will be lying shattered and ruined just like Baghdad is today. Which could only be good for the planet.


Everything proceeds apace.


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